The wines used to produce Fonseca Late Bottled Vintage were drawn from a reserve of some of the best full bodied red ports produced during the 2011 harvest, from grapes grown on Fonseca’s own vineyards and other top properties in the Cima Corgo and Douro Superior. These wines are aged in wood vats of 50 pipes (27,500 litres) capacity and then bottled after five years. A limited quantity of this outstanding blend was produced. Late Bottled Vintage is bottled when ready to drink. This port benefits from being decanted before serving, as it is not filtered when bottled.

94 Points
2011 vintage
94 Points
Decanter World Wine Awards
2011 vintage
Harvest Note
The winter preceding the 2011 harvest was wetter and colder than the 30-year average. Budburst occurred as usual in mid-March and warm weather and rainfall in April produced vigorous growth. At the beginning of May dry conditions set in and there was little rainfall in eastern areas of the Douro until late August. However, the vines were able to draw from the plentiful ground water reserves built up during the previous winter and bunches developed and ripened in ideal conditions. Véraison occurred a little earlier than usual, on June 15th. Mild weather in June and July was broken only by a heat wave in the second half of June. August was hot and dry, with perfectly timed rainfall on August 21st and September 1st rounding off an excellent ripening season and producing a well-balanced crop.
Tasting Note
Deep purple black in color. A fine, elegant bouquet. Rich black fruit and dark cherry aromas, with hints of eucalyptus and spice. The palate shows luscious, rich blackberry fruit and a hint of blueberry. A wine with lovely textural quality; velvety smooth. The finish is rich in flavor and wonderfully intense and long.
Food Pairing
A perfect end to the meal, this benefits from decanting. A generously-proportioned glass will show its rich fruity nose best. Excellent with full-flavored blue cheeses (Stilton or Roquefort), chocolate and berry fruit desserts.
Technical Data
GRAPES: Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, Tinta Barroca, Tinta Roriz, Tinto Cão, Tinta Amarela
APPELLATION: Douro
PH: 3.8
ACIDITY: 4.54 g/L
ABV: 20.1%
RESIDUAL SUGAR: 108 g
Unique Selling Points
  • A Late Bottled Vintage Porto made from fruit from Fonseca’s own estate vineyards
  • Produced in high quality vintages in which a general vintage is not declared
  • Similar characteristics of vintage Porto, but is ready to drink sooner than vintage

About the Grape

Tinta Amarela
Tinta Amarela makes wines with intensely perfumed aromas of blackberry and tea, bold structure, deep color and excellent depth.
Tinta Barroca
Used to make Port wines, this high yielding grape has very high sugar content, which makes wines with pronounced floral character, good structure and firm, ripe tannins.
Tinta Cão
This grape has blackberry, game and meaty aromas, and contributes longevity and exceptional elegance to the blend of Port wines.
Tinta Roriz
Tinta Roriz produces deep-colored grapes of moderate acidity which make bold wines with firm tannins, excellent complexity and distinctive resin-like fragrance.
Touriga Franca
This grape has high tannins and is very aromatic; it lends structure and balance to Port wines. It shows intense fresh red fruit, earth and flower aromas, and is very fruity on the palate.
Touriga Nacional
Touriga Nacional produces wine with finesse, body and warmth that is dark, concentrated, massively tannic and aromatic. It ages to show the complex aromas typically found in mature vintage port.
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